By Dhel Nazario
A “strategic link” to job opportunities of technical vocational education and training graduates and alumni was launched Tuesday by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in preparation of its 24th anniversary.
TESDA formally launched the World Café of Opportunities (WCO) through Job Linkaging and Networking Services (JoLiNS) during ceremonies held at the Tandang Sora Hall, at the TESDA Women’s Center.
This activity, to be conducted with the support of various stakeholders, is a ‘one-stop-shop’ for TVET graduates and alumni wherein national government agencies, private companies, tech-voc institutions and financing institutions all converge in strategic locations offering all possible employment, training and financing opportunities plus facilitating higher job-skill matching.
Its target beneficiaries are TVET graduates; entrepreneurs, companies/industries with job vacancies, and returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their qualified beneficiaries.
TESDA Director General, Secretary Guiling Mamondiong said that the launch was in preparation for the 24th TESDA anniversary and celebration of National Tech-Voc Day on Aug. 25.
This is also in preparation for the two-day regional WCO that will be held on Aug. 25-26 in 17 regions nationwide as part of the celebration of National Tech-Voc Day.
It coincided with the signing of memorandum of understanding (MOU) between TESDA led by Mamondiong and 19 officials of various government and private organizations which expressed support to the WOC. There were 13 government agencies and six private organizations which signed the MOU.
Mamondiong explained that it is the policy of the government to relay to the WCO through JoLiNS the key employment generators (KEGs) which will create and open job opportunities in various sectors, particularly in the area of construction, to support of the “Build Build Build” program of President Rodrigo Duterte.
The TESDA chief cited the cooperation of government agencies, industry associations, enterprises and financial institutions to strengthen government projects and eventually increase the employment rate.
Mamondiong said that it is the vision of the President to create more jobs and pursue entrepreneurship from the grass root level.
“That’s why we need the cooperation of other organizations to create more jobs, develop livelihood projects, and solve job-skills mismatch,” he added.
For the TVET enrollment, some 17,000 youth is expected to be trained by TESDA. Under WCO, 17,000 TVET alumni is projected to be given jobs from 17,000 employment opportunities.